Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
The Clubman is one of the pricier family cars. It trades on its premium badge credibility to go toe-to-toe with rivals such as the Audi A3, Mercedes A-Class and BMW 1 Series, rather than cheaper alternatives like the Skoda Octavia. It holds on to its value reasonably well as a result, but resale values are still behind the A-Class's.
Stick with our suggested 1.5-litre Cooper engine and you'll get reasonable fuel consumption (officially up to 50.4mpg and in reality around 40mpg with a mix of driving) and competitive CO2 emissions (from 120g/km is you go for the automatic gearbox). The Cooper D will manage better fuel consumption if you're a high-mileage driver, but the 4% diesel benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax surcharge levied against it will be felt in the pockets of company car drivers.
As well as being arguably more distinctive than many rival offerings, personalisation is a Clubman speciality. It offers a range of optional finishing touches, such as contrasting colours for the roof and door mirrors. On top of that, you can add a wide array of extra features, including a head-up display, but most of these come as part of pricey option packs.
We recommend entry-level Classic trim with the Comfort Pack, which includes heated seats, a front centre armrest and climate control, along with the Navigation Plus Package. This combination will give you a good equipment count for a reasonable price.
The Clubman didn’t fare as well as some rivals in Euro NCAP safety testing, attaining a four-star rating in 2015, under tests that were less stringent than they are today. With a five-star rating, the Mercedes A-Class scored much higher in more demanding tests in 2018.
Mini, as a brand, came eighth out of 31 in the 2019 What Car? Reliability Survey. That's better than Mercedes managed but behind Kia and Hyundai, both of which also give you a much longer warranty than Mini's standard 36 months.
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